The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, left to right: Ginny Carr, alto; Robert McBride, tenor; Holly Shockey, soprano; and Andre Enceneat, bass. The group's new album, <em>Hustlin' for a Gig</em>, came out in May.
The Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet has been serenading audiences in its native Washington, D.C., across the country and even as far as France for more than two decades. But its members are finding ways to bring something new to their performances. Bandleader and co-founder Ginny Carr says she wrote the words and music to all 10 songs on the quartet's new album, Hustlin' for a Gig — a relative rarity in a jazz world defined by time-tested standards.
Many of our commenters look to America's rich history of immigration in order to form their opinion of the 'English-Only' debate. Interestingly enough, this approach facilitated conclusions on both sides of the issue.
"John G" believes that, "Society, not law, determines the specific language used."
Pharmacist Kristy Hennessee administers a vaccination against whooping cough in Pasadena, Calif., in 2010. Vaccinations are the most powerful weapon for slowing the epidemic, but there are growing concerns that the current vaccine doesn't last as long as expected.
Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 8:29 pm
Whooping cough is getting a foothold once again in the U.S., and it seems to be getting stronger. More than 20,000 cases have been reported so far this year, compared with only about 8,500 last year, and Washington State has already declared a whooping cough epidemic.
Originally published on Fri August 3, 2012 6:14 pm
James McMurtry's career started hot, thanks to a lucky series of circumstances in 1987. First, at a friend's behest, he entered and won a high-profile songwriting competition. Then, when John Mellencamp got involved in a project written by McMurtry's father (the novelist Larry McMurtry), it gave the young folk-rock musician a chance to get his demo tape into Mellencamp's hands.
It's nearly time to set The Torch to "dim" for the night, but we must note something historic that happened today: Wojdan Shaherkani competed for Saudi Arabia in the Olympics, becoming the first woman ever to do so.
Shaherkani wasn't a threat to win her match against Puerto Rico's Melissa Mojica. After all, Shaherkani is only 16, and her highest level of achievement in judo is a blue belt. Their match only lasted 1 minute and 22 seconds.
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has been sentenced to 78 months in prison.
It means Siegelman is headed back to prison after he was freed to appeal his case. The AP gives us some background:
"Siegelman, 66, and former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006. They arranged $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for the governor appointing Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board.
U.S. hurlders Angelo Taylor (second from right) competes in the men's 400m hurdles. He finished first in the heat. Today marks the first day of track and field events.
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Missy Franklin celebrates winning the women's 200m backstroke final with team mate Elizabeth Beisel on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Beisel placed third in the event.
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Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100m butterfly final. Phelps surged from behind to win the event.
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Karl Schulze, Phillipp Wende, Lauritz Schoof and Tim Grohmann of Germany celebrate winning gold in the men's quadruple sculls final.
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Cuba's Idalys Ortiz (in white) tosses Japan's Mika Sugimoto during the women's 78kg judo contest match. Ortiz won the match.
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Sergei Martynov of Belarus competes in the men's 50m rifle prone shooting event. Martynov won the event.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot in the third set against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the semifinal of men's singles tennis. Federer won the match, which took more than 4 hours to play.